Friday, May 4, 2018

1945 - McDonald Family Gathering

Three generations of the McDonald family were photographed together Spring of 1945.

Charles Eugene McDonald traveled to Erie from his home in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was photographed with several of his nieces Mary Eugenia, Kathryn Joan and Eleanor Lucille McDonald - the daughters of his brother Loraine Anthony McDonald.

Charles was also photographed with great nephew James Arthur Murosky and great nieces Barbra Jean and Mary Helen Murosky - the children of his daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald.

The first photograph shows the group on the front porch of 638 East 23rd Street in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. 
MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1945 - McDonald Family Gathering
McDonald Family Members
Left to Right: Kathryn Joan McDonald, Mary Eugenia McDonald holding her son James Arthur Murosky, Barbara Jean Murosky, Charles Eugene McDonald, Eleanor Lucille McDonald holding Mary Helen Murosky.
The second photograph was taken in the backyard of 638 East 23rd Street in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The former Holy Trinity School is the large brick building in the background.
MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1945 - McDonald Family Gathering
McDonald Family Members
Left to Right: Mary Eugenia McDonald holding her daughter Barbara Jean Murosky, Charles Eugene McDonald holding James Arthur Murosky, Eleanor Lucille McDonald holding Mary Helen Murosky
The photograph is from Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances' daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald ended up with her mother's photo collections which is time were handed down to me. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Charles Eugene McDonald is my 2nd great uncle. Mary Eugenia McDonald is my paternal grandmother. Kathryn Joan McDonald and Eleanor Lucille McDonald are my great aunts.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

1933 - Frederick William Selker & Eleanor E. Herman

One of my favorite aspects of family history is connecting with cousins. A newly found cousin had this lovely snapshot in her care. She gave me permission to share the snapshot so that other Selker descendants may also enjoy it. 

A snapshot of Frederick William Selker and Eleanor E. Herman shortly after their wedding. The couple married  19 June 1933 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania at the Immaculate Conception Church.

Frederick William Selker was born 15 October 1896 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. Eleanor E. Herman was born 13 February 1910 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; 1933 - Frederick William Selker & Eleanor E. Herman
Frederick William Selker & Eleanor E. Herman

The photograph is from the Frederick William Selker Collection. Photographs in this collection were originally owned by the sisters Naomi Herman and Eleanor E. Herman. Today these photographs are in the care of a descendant of Frederick William Selker and Eleanor E. Herman. The photograph is shared with permission. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Frederick William Selker is my 2nd Great Uncles. His sister Frances Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. Her daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother

Saturday, April 28, 2018

1937 - Selker Family Photo

This photograph was originally housed in the Unknown Photograph Collection. The woman was thought to be Frances Philomena Guth - wife of Joseph William Selker.

The photograph was recently identified by another Selker descendant. The woman was confirmed to be Frances Philomena Guth. She is photographed with her son Ambrose John Selker and her granddaughter Mary Lou Selker.

The photograph was taken summer of 1937. Frances Philomena Selker would have been 74 years old and Ambrose John Selker would have been 38 or 39 years old when the photograph was taken. The location is the back yard of the Selker family home located at 242 Main Street in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The J.W. Selker Cigar factory is the building on the right side of the photograph.

The photograph was taken by Mary Elizabeth Meisinger the wife of Ambrose John Selker.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; 1937 - Selker Family Photograph
Selker Family Photograph
Ambrose John Selker holding his daughter Mary Lou Selker is standing with his mother Frances Philomena Guth
The photograph is from Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances Philomena Guth appears to have passed the photographs down to her daughter Frances Philomena Selker. Frances' daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald ended up with her mother's photo collections which is time were handed down to me. Photographer Mary Elizabeth Meisinger. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Ambrose John Selker is my 2nd Great Uncle. His sister Frances Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. Her daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother

Monday, March 12, 2018

1933 - Anna Gertrude Selker

A photograph of Anna Gertrude Selker taken at the wedding of her older brother Frederick William Selker. The wedding of Frederick William Selker and Eleanor E. Herman was held 19 June 1933 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania at the Immaculate Conception Church. Anna would have been 25 years old when photographed.

Anna Gertrude Selker was born August 11, 1907 in Clarion. Anna was born August 8, 1900 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of ten children born to Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.

MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Anna Gertrude Selker
Anna Gertrude Selker
Photographed "holding bridesmaids bouquet of pink roses"
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Anna Gertrude Selker - Back
Back of the Photograph
Carl and Don - Clarion, Pa."Ann Selker Fritz's sister holding bridesmaids bouquet of pink roses"
Frederick William Selker was known by many as "Fritz" Selker.

The copies of these photographs are shared with permission. The top photograph is from the Frederick William Selker Collection. Photographs in this collection were originally owned by the sisters Naomi Herman and Eleanor E. Herman. Today these photographs are in the care of a descendant of Frederick William Selker and Eleanor E. Herman. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Frederick William Selker is my 2nd great uncle. Anna Gertrude Selker is my 2nd great aunt. Anna is the sister of Frances Philomena Selker my great grandmother. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wedding Photos: Frederick William Selker & Eleanor E. Herman

The wedding of Frederick William Selker and Eleanor E. Herman was held 19 June 1933 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania at the Immaculate Conception Church.

Frederick William Selker was born 15 October 1896 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. Eleanor E. Herman was born 13 February 1910 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Recently I had the opportunity to connect with some more Selker Cousins. The cousin, a descendant of Frederick William Selker and the Eleanor E. Herman, had a labeled copy of the wedding photograph below.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; 1933 - Wedding of Frederick William Selker & Eleanor E. Herman
Wedding Party
Ambrose John Selker (Best Man, Brother of the Groom), Naomi Herman (Maid of Honor, Sister of the Bride), 
Frederick William Selker (Groom) and Eleanor E. Herman (Bride).
From the Frederick William Selker Collection

Using the known photograph from the wedding the photograph below was identified. The photograph was previously housed in the Unknown Photograph Collection. In addition to identifying the unknown wedding party - these are the first known photographs to exist of Ambrose John Selker.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; 1933 - Wedding of Frederick William Selker & Eleanor E. Herman
Wedding Party
Ambrose John Selker (Best Man, Brother of the Groom), Naomi Herman (Maid of Honor, Sister of the Bride), 
Frederick William Selker (Groom), Eleanor E. Herman (Bride) Unknown Clergy, Unknown Clergy.
From the Frances Philomena Selker Collection

The top photograph is from the Frederick William Selker Collection. Photographs in this collection were originally owned by the sisters Naomi Herman and Eleanor E. Herman. Today these photographs are in the care of a descendant of Frederick William Selker and Eleanor E. Herman. The photograph is shared with permission. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

The bottom photograph is from Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances Philomena Guth appears to have passed the photographs down to her daughter Frances Philomena Selker. Frances' daughter Mary Eugina McDonald ended up with her mother's photo collections which is time were handed down to me. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Frederick William Selker and Ambrose John Selker are my 2nd Great Uncles. Their sister Frances Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. Her daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother

Saturday, February 24, 2018

1936 - Anthony Harry Murosky Jr. & Helen Tillie Bukowski

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. photographed with his wife Helen Tillie Bukowski. The borders of the photograph are stamped 1936. Anthony would have been 41 years old when the photograph was taken. Helen would have been 34 or 35 years when the photograph was taken.

The photograph was most likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
MB Boutiques: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1936 - Anthony Harry Murosky Jr.& Helen Tillie Bukowski
Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. & Helen Tillie Bukowski
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski are my Great Grandparents. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Irish Immigrant Mathias Cunningham

Mathias Cunningham was born about 1818 in County Waterford, Ireland. The exact location of his birth and his parents are currently unknown. Mathias married his wife Margaret Litchfield in Ireland. Margaret was born about 1818 in County Waterford, Ireland. The exact location of her birth and her parents are also currently unknown.

The couple had six children who were also born in Ireland:
  1. Ellen M. Cunningham. b. 24 Aug 1847 m. to Michael O'Neill d. 6 Jan 1924
  2. Margaret Cunningham b. abt 1848 m. Patrick Andrew O'Neill
  3. Mary Cunningham b. abt 1850
  4. James Cunningham b. between 1853-1855 d. 14 Nov 1924
  5. Catherine Cunningham b. between 1856-1857
  6. Bridget Cunningham b. 1859
Research completed by others also indicates that the couple may have had another child born prior 1847.

Ellen M. Cunningham and Margaret Cunningham married two O'Neill brothers who were also Irish immigrants.  Ellen married Michael O'Neill on 20 April 1871. Margaret married Patrick Andrew O'Neill about 1875. Michael and Patrick are the sons of Thomas O'Neill Jr and Bridget Conboy. The O'Neill lineage was extensively researched by two descendants - George K. and Patrick G. O'Neill. The cousins published their research findings in a book "O'Neill Descendants of Con & Katherine 1700-2000".

Arrival to Pennsylvania

The application for citizenship indicates that Mathias Cunningham departed Ireland in 1869 and arrived in the United States of America June of 1869.

Mathias Cunningham settled in Clarion County, Pennsylvania after his arrival. On 8 June 1870 he was enumerated with his family in the 1870 United States Federal Census. The family was recorded at Dwelling No. 110. Family No. 112. The members of household include:
  • M. Cunningham, male age 52
  • Margaret Cunningham, female age 52
  • Ellen Cunningham, female age 23
  • Mary Cunningham, female age 19
  • James Cunningham, male age 15
  • Catherine Cunningham, female age 13
  • Bridget Cunningham, female age 11

The occupation for M. Cunningham is recorded as a Laborer. The occupation for Margaret Cunningham is recorded as a housekeeper. The personal estate of M. Cunningham was $10. All members of the household were born in Ireland. Mary, James, Catherine and Bridget Cunningham were attending school. The census also indicates that M. Cunningham was denied from voting.

The box for denied voting was checked because Mathias was not a United States Citizen when the Census was recorded.

Naturalization

On 1 September 1871 Mathias Cunningham became a Naturalized Citizen at the Clarion County Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. The oath from his citizenship application reads:

Let it be Remembered, That on the 4th day of September in the year of our Lord on thousand eight hundred and seventy one personally appeared Mattias Cunningham  before me, the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, for the County of Clarion, who upon his solemn oath did depose and say, that he is a native of Ireland now residing in the County of Clarion, aged fifty three years or thereabouts, and that it is a bona fide his intention to become a Citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Price, Protentate, State or Sovereignty whatever and particularly to the King of Ireland and Great Britain of whom he is now a subject. 

Sworn and acknowledged this 4th day of September 1871

His Mark + Mathies Cunningham

The mark that Mathias placed on the page which was used in place of his signature. This very likely indicated that Mathias never learned to write and could not sign his name.
MB Boutiques: Historical Records &emdash;
Application for Citizenship - Mathias Cunningham

A time of change

A decade after arrival Mathias' life changed considerably. His children grew and married. He also lost his wife Margaret. There is no record of Margaret in the 1880 United States Federal Census. The date of her death is currently unknown and would have occurred after 8 June 1870. 

In 1880 Mathias Cunningham was living with his daughter Ellen Cunningham and her husband Michael O'Neill and their numerous children. The family was enumerated in the 1880 United States Federal Census on 16 June 1880 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Mathias is recorded as 70 years old in the census. This defers from the other references to his birth however it is not uncommon for immigrants of this time period to have a range of dates associated with their birth.

At this time the death date and burial location for Mathias Cunningham is unknown. Mathias was not recorded in the 1900 United States Federal Census. Unfortunately the 1890 United States Federal Census Fragment does not include any records from Pennsylvania.

Additional References to Mathias Cunningham

The death certificate for Ellen M. O'Neill records she born in Waterford, Ireland. Her parents are recorded as Mathias Cunningham born Waterford, Ireland and Martha Litchfield born Waterford, Ireland. The informant on the death certificate was her daughter Eleanor Monica O'Neill [Mrs. E. M. Mullen].

The death certificate for James Cunningham records he was born in Ireland. His father is recorded as Matthias Cunningham also born in Ireland. The informant on the death certificate was his niece Eleanor Monica O'Neill [Mrs. E. M. Mullen].

Mathias Cunningham is my 4th Great Grandfather. He is the father of Ellen M. Cunningham my 3rd Great Grandmother. My paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald is a descendant of Ellen M. Cunningham and Mathias Cunningham. 

References:
  1. George K. and Patrick G. O'Neill, O'Neill Descendants of Con & Katherine 1700-2000 (, April 15, 2008),
  2. 1870 United States Federal Census. Year: 1870; Census Place: Clarion, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1326; Page: 408A; Family History Library Film: 552825. Record for M. Cunningham lines 22-28.
  3. Pennsylvania, Clarion County, Court of Common Pleas. Application for Citizenship - Matthias Cunningham.
  4. 1880 United States Federal Census. Year: 1880; Census Place: Clarion, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1117; Page: 78C; Enumeration District: 065. Record for Michael O'Neill.
  5. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964. Record for Ellen M. O'Neill [Ellen M Cunningham]. Certificate number 8274.
  6. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964. Record for Jas Cunningham. Certificate number 110917.